The outlook has also brightened. In total, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) counted around 5.227 million employees in Switzerland in the first quarter of 2022, according to a statement on Monday.
Employment in the secondary sector (industry and construction) increased by 2.0 percent, while in the tertiary sector (services) it increased by 2.6 percent.
Seasonally adjusted, total employment for the quarter was 5.250 million, up 0.5 percent from the previous quarter. In full-time equivalents, total employment in Switzerland totaled 4.072 million jobs (+2.6%).
Around 114,000 job vacancies were counted across the economy. That is 60 percent or 43,000 more vacancies than in the first quarter of 2021. The total number of vacancies is thus above the 100,000 mark for the first time.
The rate of vacancies was 2.1 percent in total, 2.5 percent in the secondary sector and 2.0 percent in the tertiary sector.
In the quarter under review, employment developed upwards in all seven major regions: year-on-year, it increased between 1.7 percent (Northwestern Switzerland) and 3.1 percent (Lake Geneva region).
And according to the BFS, the prospects are still good. The so-called indicator of employment prospects rose compared to the previous year (1.07; +3.9%) and currently exceeds the value of 1.00 in all sectors and major regions.
According to the BFS survey, 15.2 percent of companies plan to increase their workforce in the next quarter and 68.8 percent plan to maintain it. Only 2.7 percent envisage job cuts; 13.3 percent of the 18,000 companies surveyed did not answer the relevant question.